Embarrassing? Yep. Guaranteed to mess up your day? Pretty much. We’ve all been there when it comes to queasiness, gas, diarrhea, constipation and other gastro-intestinal (GI) problems. It’s important to remember that if these symptoms are ongoing, it’s often an indication that a broader health problem is the issue. “Regardless of the condition, symptom or disease, we always like to bring it back to proper digestive function,” says Dr. Jeremy Hayman, a naturopathic doctor in London, Ont., and medical advisor at St. Francis Herb Farm. “If you’re eating nutritious food, and your body is absorbing nutrients and minerals properly, then your cells, tissues and organs can function properly.”
There are a number of natural methods you use to get your digestive system on track so you can make the good health = good digestion equation work for you.
Licorice is traditionally used in a tincture to soothe inflammatory GI conditions like gastritis as well as gastric and duodenal ulcers.
Red raspberry leaf
Red raspberry leaf is used in a tincture, can combat diarrhea.
Calendula is used as an antacid in traditional herbal medicine.
Slippery elm is a prebiotic, which stimulates the growth of healthy bugs in the gut, and is also used to treat gastritis and ulcers.
Ginger has been used throughout the world for centuries to treat stomachaches as well as nausea and indigestion from motion sickness and GI upset.
Q: What’s a bitters tonic?
A: Taken before a meal or if you have overeaten, a bitters tonic includes a number of herbs such as gentian, dandelion and chamomile working together to enhance digestion. The bitter taste of the tonic also increases the flow of bile, which helps the body’s natural digestion process.
Did you know…
In India’s traditional Ayurvedic medicine, triphala is a digestive tonic made from three kinds of fruit: amla, bibhitaki and haritaki. It’s been used for 1500 years or more to help restore the digestive tract to normal functioning (also known as: better bowel movments).
Is a gentle laxative used to treat occasional constipation.
Used in a tincture, helps to quell bloating and gas.
Goldenseal roots and rhizomes
Are traditionally used in a tincture to aid digestion and treat gastritis and other digestive inflammation.
In a tincture helps to soothe nausea, vomiting and gas.
Ah, now that’s a relief!
Ginger Fluid Extract
A large tuberous perennial with yellow blossoms and narrow green leaves that stands about a metre high, ginger has its origins in southern Asia, but can now be found in nearly all tropical and subtropical countries.